30th annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival begins today

30th annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival begins today
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The 30th annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival begins on Friday, Feb. 1.

Savannah State University and the city of Savannah are celebrating the 30th year of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival.

Shirley James, one of the head leaders of the festival, addressed Savannah City Council on Thursday. She discussed the upcoming events and thanked the city councilmembers for their support.

The first Savannah Black Heritage Festival was held in August of 1988 under the leadership of Wesley W. Law. Part of this year's festival will include events highlighting Law and the various work he did for Savannah and the festival.

This year's festival will end with a special dedication ceremony on Savannah's southside.

Several historical markers will be placed in parts of White Bluff and Coffee Bluff honoring African-Americans who settled near those waterways.

Starting Friday, the Savannah African Art Museum will host an exhibit with more than a thousand objects relating to West and Central African cultures. Admission is free.

Saturday, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at several different downtown monuments that have a connection to black heritage.

To see all of the upcoming events, please click here.

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